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IMS and cochrane.org coordination meeting, June 2004

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29 June 2004 (teleconference)

Minutes: 2 July 2004

Attending: Dave Booker (minutes), Peter Friis, Monica Kjeldstrm

After initial discussions at the European Contributors Meeting and IMSG Meeting in May 2004, the IMS team and cochrane.org web team agreed on an outline for using the IMS module/editor as the basis for a web module for Cochrane entities. This would allow entities to manage their public web sites through the same interface they use to manage their modules, contact records, and reviews on the IMS. In this months IMS/cochrane.org coordination teleconference (29 June 2004) the following sequence of steps was agreed upon:

Part of the new IMS will start to be piloted in the next few months (phase I of the IMS pilot), and it is anticipated that the full IMS will be piloted before the end of this year (phase II of the IMS pilot). The pilot of the web module can run independently of the IMS pilot. A target for this pilot could be as early as September, but may be delayed until November due to current sick leave of the web team programmer, Greg Saunders.

Step 1: Mockup web site generation (Web Team) The web team is building and testing the system (XSL files) that transforms an entity module (XML files) into a mock-up entity web site (a collection of html or jsp pages) in July/August.

Step 2: Web module specification (Web Team and IMS Team) The web module (an XML file) format and tags will be specified in detail by the web team, probably in August, and the IMS team will help ensure it conforms with the editors abilities. As of this meeting (29 June), no major difficulties are foreseen. A sketch of two pages of a possible web module editor view was discussed: http://www.cochrane.org/entitytemplates/sampleform1.htm.

Step 3: Web module definition and editor augmentation (IMS Team) The IMS will be configured/extended to accommodate web module documents that open in the module editor. This may include adding editable and non-editable fields that pre-populate with data from other (IMS) data fields (such as addresses or paragraphs that are present by default). When this data comes from outside the IMS, it was suggested that it be present only in the preview view of the resulting web pages (i.e., only present in the actual HTML page templates). At this stage, the web team will be finalizing the system that implements the transformation of the web module format.

Step 4: Maintenance of binary files (IMS Team) A system for uploading/downloading/manipulating binary files is already part of the IMS specification and is expected to be ready in time for the phase 1 pilot. It seems that this system will meet the needs of the web modules use of images and .doc and .pdf files.

Step 5: Web services (IMS Team) The functions needed to retrieve web modules from the IMS will be published as web services, if needed. This will be determined later, and it was agreed that this is a fairly simple step. The user authentication web service is already being worked out (by Peter and Greg).

Step 6: Testing (Web Team and IMS Team) With the completion of 4) and 5), we should be able to test interoperability and the web team will run full beta tests of the web module system.

Step 7: Piloting (Web Team) Its unclear at this stage what benefits would come from coordinating piloting of the two systems, but this may be discussed later. Dave and Monica discussed potentially useful piloting/support software tools, which allow participants to get on-screen help from the support staff, via their web browsers.

Step 8: Support (Web Team) It was agreed that the web team would provide its own support system, at least initially during the web modules pilot phase. If it looks like the support would be more effective if combined with IMS support, the resource needs could be discussed at that time. The context-sensitive help system built into the IMS should have help files written by the IMS team, partially by the time of the phase I pilots. Sometime after this, the web team will follow the same formats and styles to create corresponding help files for the web module editor.

Other details:
The administrative interface: It was agreed that the web team would have administrative access to the IMS systems functions needed for maintaining/modifying the web module system and for training and support functions.

It was agreed that a visit by Greg Saunders to the IMS team in Copenhagen, for a few days of consultation, may be useful, and the best timing will be discussed. Dave and Monica will consult their budgets to see if funds are available.

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